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Windows 7: Changing taskbar icon size

12 Apr 2010   #1
JazzyisAFK

Windows 7 x86
 
 
Changing taskbar icon size

Hi, windows 7 32bit here, but i have a SLIGHT problem. I really loved XP's smaller taskbar, I don't mind windows 7's big bulky icons, but i absolutely hate the windows 7 smaller icons on the taskbar option.

They are just TOO SMALL to see, and they make the image look like 16x16 images, is there anyway to make them SLIGHTLY bigger? Maybe a regedit hack of sorts?



Thanks in advance


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12 Apr 2010   #2
nekkidtruth

Windows 7
 
 

If you right click on the Taskbar and go to Properties, make sure "Use small icons" is unchecked. If it is already, then no there isn't a way to make them larger.

Taskbar - Use Small or Large Icons
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12 Apr 2010   #3
JazzyisAFK

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by nekkidtruth View Post
If you right click on the Taskbar and go to Properties, make sure "Use small icons" is unchecked. If it is already, then no there isn't a way to make them larger.
I don't want them that big, isn't there some in between in the registry of some sorts?
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12 Apr 2010   #4
nekkidtruth

Windows 7
 
 

Not that I'm aware of. If there is, someone around here will have definitely figured it out. But as far as I know, there is no in between. It's either small, or large.
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13 Apr 2010   #5
tapuz

windows 8.1 pro
 
 

hope this helps: W7 Taskbar Tweaker : Tweak Windows 7 Taskbar Button & Thumbnail Preview sizes | The Windows Club
let us know if it helps. you might have to log out for application.
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13 Apr 2010   #6
JazzyisAFK

Windows 7 x86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tapuz View Post
hope this helps: W7 Taskbar Tweaker : Tweak Windows 7 Taskbar Button & Thumbnail Preview sizes | The Windows Club
let us know if it helps. you might have to log out for application.
It didn't help at all, it reset everything on my desktop, it deleted my documents, my desktop config, everything. I no longer have my firefox bookmarks, my addons, anything, all of it is gone.
I have my everything BUT my user data, thanks a lot.
Edit: after relogging again it fixed it, that's some weird stuff and I don't feel comfy using this application at all
Also it didn't work
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13 Apr 2010   #7
nekkidtruth

Windows 7
 
 

You can try this: Change Taskbar Icon Size in Windows 7 | Windows 7 Themes

I strongly recommend backing up any information, something you should do before attempting any tweaks. Including pre-programed ones such as tapuz's suggested software.
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19 Nov 2010   #8
jhw7

Win7 32bit ultimate
 
 
Icon sizes on the taskbar & custom toolbars

Just another factor to consider - W7 appears to be inconsistent when it determines icon sizes to use.

It sometimes appears to use its desktop settings (I'm using "classic" settings) to determine its taskbar icon size: e.g. icon size, icon horizontal & vertical spacing, window border sizes, etc. This can get annoying if you have a custom toolbar and icon sizes keep changing on you randomly.

I.e., if you select "small" or "large" icons, W7'll use one set of parameters stored somewhere to determine what "small" and "large" means, but then you can go to the desktop settings and, say, make icon spacing smaller, and the icons will be smaller until the display's remapped, sometimes changing the settings to some other "default" values even if those new settings were saved.
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20 Nov 2010   #9
Imperfect1

 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jhw7 View Post
Just another factor to consider - W7 appears to be inconsistent when it determines icon sizes to use.

It sometimes appears to use its desktop settings (I'm using "classic" settings) to determine its taskbar icon size: e.g. icon size, icon horizontal & vertical spacing, window border sizes, etc. This can get annoying if you have a custom toolbar and icon sizes keep changing on you randomly.

I.e., if you select "small" or "large" icons, W7'll use one set of parameters stored somewhere to determine what "small" and "large" means, but then you can go to the desktop settings and, say, make icon spacing smaller, and the icons will be smaller until the display's remapped, sometimes changing the settings to some other "default" values even if those new settings were saved.
Adding to jhw7's comments, you can also try this:
How to Change the Windows 7 Taskbar Icon Width Size
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08 Jun 2012   #10
Ligh7

windows 7 Home Preimum 64 bit
 
 

k, just posted in another thread but it is this


the only way i know of changes the red , close window and maximize minimize buttons


If you want to change the size of the taskbar icons themselves and make the taskbar smaller it is the same option as changing the red x for closing windows size, in win 7. thats control panel>personalization>window color>advanced or something like that(my themes are turned off the selection changes) or start(windows circle)>run > C:\Windows\System32\rundll32.exe shell32.dll,Control_RunDLL desk.cpl,Advanced,@Advanced
use: Caption Buttons , default-cutoff is 18 for normal size at 17 all the icons become tiny

Window Color and Appearance - Change

im not sure of the default but 18 looks correct.


changing things in that properties dialog window will make windows 7 never look the same again so PLEASE use EXTREME CAUTION CAUTION CAUTION those settings can really do a job on windows, need a reboot afterward, dont do with more than 1 or 2 windows open etc...


its definate pen and paper material before changing anything write down what you change, dont use the apply button only use cancel or ok so you can revert back by cancel, the apply button is certain death.
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